Ian and Larissa
Ian and Larissa’s story comes not from an Orthodox Christian website, but from a Protestant Christian site, entitled Desiring God. Ian and Larissa were in college and were in a serious relationship when Ian injured his brain in a car accident. It was a life-threatening injury, but Ian pulled through. But there remained damage to his brain functions. Would Ian and Larissa go forward with their relationship in this situation, and on what terms? Access the website and find out.
There is more to the story, which continues to the present day, and it can be found in their personal weblog:
Picture from Radical Womanhood
Consider what, Richie Parker, born without arms, has accomplished, as revealed in an 8 minute glimpse in this video:
You Tube: Richie Parker: Drive — SC Featured
Of course such a glimpse does not show the many difficulties he experienced getting to where he is today. As someone has said, genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.
(Especially when one is from South Carolina; I lived there a year.)
Here’s his story in written form:
The Christian Post: Man Born Without Hands Is Engineer for NASCAR’s Most Winning Organization (Hendricks Motorsports)
Picture from Richie Parker
Published February 17, 2014
development , Orthodoxy , patristic
Modern Psychologists have learned and are applying insights about how to deal with thoughts and their effect on our lives through directed efforts by their patients in regard to changing their thought patterns.
But this is an old story. The Holy Spirit has guided the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church, especially the Desert Fathers and Monastic Elders, in this holy art ever since the early centuries of the Christian era.
Fr. Alexis Trader has written a book relating modern cognitive therapy with the wisdom of the Holy Fathers, entitled
Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds (American University Studies VII: Theology and Religion)
He also publishes a blog which explores the issues involved: AncientChristianWisdom.wordpress.com Here is one post from that blog:
The Story Behind Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds
This blog is full of many specific issues relating to the control of our thoughts. (As St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”) Most likely there is one related to issues you, the reader, are facing.
And here are some online resources on the book:
google.com/books: a short synopsis and 2 reviews
A Mystagogy Review (a series of four) by John Sanidopoulos
Orthodox Christian Information Center: A Review
Picture of the book from ProtectingVeil.com: Fr. Alexis Trader’s New Book
Published February 10, 2014
Christ , Church , development , families , international , Orthodoxy , patristic , prayer , stories , U.S. ministries , vision
A one page summary from the online website THINKPROGRESS:
Second only to back pain, the article states.
(Note: DALYs = Disability Adjusted Life Years)
The site does provide Links to further consideration of how to address the issue:
And many other offerings in regard to mental health:
(Please ignore 0r repudiate the pro-abortion rhetoric on THINK PROGRESS.)
A few Orthodox Christian resources from the Arms Open Wide list:
A personal note:
Last year I was off work for a little over three weeks dealing with depression. For most of that time I really didn’t know whether or not I would be able to return to my position as an advisor of persons with developmental disability in a group home, which was a devastating thought for me, as I am now in the category of “older worker.” But with help from my physician and a cognitive therapist, I did return. Better thoughts prevailed.
NPR: What Is The Role Of Jails In Treating The Mentally Ill?
One can either read or listen to this story. The situations, the problems, and the efforts that are being made are discussed. Frankly, I feel they have treated the prison industry too gently. Read on …
e SBYNews: January 2013
The Guardian: Rikers Island Jail Criticized for Keeping Mentally Ill Inmates in Solitary
From the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, by Anasseril E. Daniel, MD: Care of the Mentally Ill in Prisons: Challenges and Solutions
From RT.com: Graphic court video shows prison guards deploying pepper spray on mentally ill inmate
The Buffalo News: Being mentally ill and imprisoned: ‘Talk about cruel and inhumane’ With psych centers closing, jails and prisons becoming poor substitutes, by M. Spina
Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons, by Jenn Ackerman (a video)
Human Rights Watch: U.S.: Number of Mentally Ill in Prisons Quadrupled
“… I was in prison and you came to Me.” (St. Matthew 25)
The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry
Fellowship of St. Silas
picture from SBYNews: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Federal Court Deems Solitary Confinement Of Mentally Ill Cruel And Unusual Punishment
Many in the modern world consider the existence of demons to be lunacy, a relic from the dark ages, a superstition.
On the other hand, many years ago I took the three men with developmental disability who I had charge of to a Christian coffeehouse in town one Friday evening. It was during the 1980′s, at the height of the charismatic renewal, and a Protestant ministry. I too was Protestant back then. Not many people were there, and the two men who were wanted to pray for the three men with me for their deliverance. I tried to explain to them that their disability was from physical rather than demonic sources, but they did not seem convinced.
John Sanidopoulos’ article briefly explains the difference between demonic possession and mental illness from an Orthodox Christian perspective.
Here are other Orthodox Christian presentations on this topic:
Insanity and Demonic Possession in Patristic Thought, by Mother Melania (Salem)
A Discussion: On Mental Illness. OrthodoxChristianity.net
From the Huffington Post: The Secrets of Orthodox Exorcists, by Sasa Milosevic
Concerning Evil Spirits and “Internal Demons” The Orthodox Christian Teaching about the Nature and Activity of Satan and his Demons. Our Responsibility for Our Choices and Actions, and How we Struggle Against “Self-temptation” and Addiction. by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo. Synaxis Press
An Orthodox Theological Foundation for Ministry to the Sick and Elderly, by Frances C. Fowler
Picture from: Grapes, Gripes, and Gratitude: The Deaf Period of Mental Illness
Francis Galton, eugenics pioneer
J.H. Kellogg, provided funding to help found the Race Betterment Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan
Eugenics is a social agenda in which the human race is to be genetically engineered for improvement. In it’s complete form it involves the systematic elimination from the gene pool of those considered defective, by various means, which have included sterilization, euthanasia, and abortion.
Adolph Hitler ordered the deaths of those who were considered useless to the agenda of the Third Reich, including persons with disability.
“An infant has no moral status because he is not self-aware” – Dr. Peter Singer
Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, researcher and advocate for persons with disability
A blog post and a short book by two major Christian disability scholars describing the planned systematic elimination of unborn persons who are diagnosed to have a disability by means of prenatal testing in the U.S.A. and elsewhere.
(It should be obvious!)
Images from CCDH Auvergne – psychiatrie demasquee/chronologie
Caritas in Veritas: Should incitement to infanticide be a crime?
Wikimedia Commons, from Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-S33882 / CC-BY-SA & Project Gutenberg